KRS 189.125 refers to seat belt requirements, child restraint systems and child booster seats. The law states that “a person shall not operate a motor vehicle manufactured after 1981 on the public roadways of the state unless the driver and all passengers are wearing a properly adjusted and fastened seat belt.” However, this law does not apply to a person who has a recent written statement from a physician that they are unable to wear a seat belt. Also, certain members of the U.S. Postal Service do not have to wear a seat belt while performing their postal duties.
- In 2013, the nationwide seat belt use reached 87%.
- In Kentucky, people wearing seat belts increased from 67.2% in 2006 to 85% in 2013.
- Wearing a seat belt reduces the risk of death and serious injury by approximately half.
Fatal accident in Russell Springs, Kentucky
However, not everyone wears a seat belt. Unfortunately, a Louisville couple died in a single-vehicle crash near Russell Springs on Sunday, July 13, 2014. Kenneth Bell, 54, was pronounced dead at the scene while Dana Bell, 55, was airlifted to the UK Hospital where she later died from her injuries. According to Kentucky State Police, the collision happened on the Louie B. Nunn Parkway, nine miles east of Russell Springs. Dana Bell was driving her Toyota when it dropped off the side of the road. She overcorrected and lost control. The vehicle then crossed both lanes of traffic, ran off the roadway and flipped several times before coming to rest on a hillside. Police said that they were not wearing seat belts.
Please always buckle up
Since 2006, the state’s seat belt law has been a primary law. This means that any driver can be pulled over by a law enforcement officer if any of the people inside the car are not wearing a seat belt. Wearing your seat belt properly is not only the law but is also a proven method of saving your life.
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As a Kentucky Accident Attorney, I would like to remind everyone to always properly wear your seat belt. While wearing your seat belt, keep the lap belt low and snug. The shoulder belt should be positioned across your chest and not on your face or throat. If the seat belt is worn incorrectly, it could hurt you in the event of a car accident. Another item to consider when driving with younger children is a booster seat or a car seat. These will help protect your child in the event of an accident.